Plenty of Great Fishing

June 13, 2017  |  We had numerous reports of good catches of rockfish up the Potomac River this week.


Trollers around St. Clements Island using small bucktails are doing well on stripers in the 20- to 26-inch range. Chummers using ground alewives are catching their limits in the same area in the deeper water in the middle of the (Potomac) river. Some of these fish are in the 30-inch range.

The mouth of the Patuxent is home to plenty of rockfish, but most do not measure up to the 20-inch minimum. Two experienced fishermen fished in separate boats in the Patuxent from Point Patience to the Three Legged marker Tuesday morning and each caught around 50 fish most of which were from 17 to 19¾ inches. Jacob Caldwell got a 22-incher near Hog Point in the Patuxent fishing in his kayak that same morning.

The rockfish migration has brought the main body of fish north in the Bay from Deale to the Bay Bridge, a pattern that has developed over the past five seasons. Trollers there are finding fish from 24 to 32 inches in profusion. There were some in the 40-inch category up until this past week's heat wave. Boat captains are trolling until spot show up enough to allow some live lining. We are at mid-June and still no spot in any numbers.

Mike at Buzz's Marina in Ridge reports plenty of small rockfish and good catches of bluefish. Two Spanish mackerel were reported, the first of the year. A cobia was caught this week. We hope this kicks off another good cobia season on the middle grounds.

Perch are everywhere in the Potomac. Good-sized perch are on all the ledges and oyster bars. Bloodworms or peelers fished on the bottom in 30 feet of water will bring plenty of tasty perch, many in the 10- to 12-inch size. The Patuxent has great white perch fishing too.

There were several reports of croaker catches this week in many areas including the mouth of the Patuxent off the seawalls on the Naval Air Station and on the fishing pier under the Solomons Bridge. The croaker are in the 8- to 12-inch range. We are waiting for spot. An old fisherman used to say that spot arrive on the fourth of July, and looking for them any earlier is a non-starter.

Freshwater fishing at St. Mary's Lake is producing bass, crappie, and bluegill. The heat of the day is not a good time to fish, but dusk and dawn are great.

Ron Ault with a catch of speckled trout from the Potomac.
Jacob Caldwell with 22 inch stripper from the Patuxent.
Alvin Reyes with a string of rockfish.